"I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.
I was alone and away from home and you invited me into your house.
I was without clothes and you gave me something to wear.
I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me." Matthew. 25:35
We believe in following in the footsteps of Jesus, loving others and accepting them as they are. We actively support a variety of good causes, and initiatives:
Open House community drop-in: Open House has been a social meeting place in Old Town for over five years. It is literally that - come on in, it's free! It particularly caters for those in the Old Town area who might be socially-isolated, those in wardened care and for those who are looking for friendship and laughter.
Luncheon Club: We provide a nourishing two-course meal for older people in our community, many of whom live alone.
Pets as Therapy : An exciting new venture for us. We are a P
Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service: For almost 40 years at our Nativity & Toy Service we have donated toys, books, and games to SDASS. These donations are lovingly-wrapped by SDASS staff and handed out to children who seek refuge over Christmas. They often turn up at the refuge door with just the clothes on their back. We donate these gifts to ease the impact of disruption and trauma experienced by these children.
The Filling Station: Our church is on a rota of churches and individuals who provide sandwiches and other items for the Swindon homeless. The Filling Station is a mobile kitchen set up in a loading bay in Queens Street every Thursday from 7.00pm-8.15pm.
Junior Mission for All (JMA): Many of our children are JMA fund-raisers, collecting money each week from church members. JMA was created so children could learn about and support the m
Our Traidcraft food stall (alternate Sundays, following worship) supports local artisans in areas around the world where life can be a struggle just to exist - by assisting with marketing issues as well as supporting local enterprises. It's our bit towards supporting Fairtrade
The Desai Memorial Primary School, Kenya: Every three years, the Old Town Partnership of Churches comes together to raise money for a cause, alternating between the UK and overseas. Between us, we are raising £6,000 this year toward the running of the school.
The school is run by a charity. It serves one of the toughest and poorest slum communities in East Africa. There are about 250,000 people living in slum conditions and many thousands of children do not get the opportunity of going to school.
All the teachers live in the slum area and are initially secondary school graduates who are then trained in Desai to teach. The School has no electricity or regular water supply.